Functional Order: Fi-Ne-Si-Te
Judging Functional Axis:
Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)
Thomas has a strong sense of the moral obligation he feels he owes his sister for her protection of him during childhood, when she would take abuse on his behalf, and this makes him unable to tolerate the idea of leaving the house without her, and starting anew somewhere else. He is quite private, self-contained, but also highly emotional. He can be sweet, but also deliberate, in asking Edith to dance with him in front of a hall full of guests, rather than the young lady who assumed he would give her his attention. His steadily increasing affection for Edith causes him to push back against his sister in ways she does not like, but he must be true to his own feelings… even if it means finding happiness in the arms of someone else. Thomas can be blunt under stress; in his desire to ‘hurt Edith’ according to her father’s wishes, he ruthlessly decimates her writing technique and scoffs at her dreams of becoming a novelist. Though a talented inventor, he cannot get his clay machine to work, due to not being able to figure out how to fix it properly and a lack of funds that would pay for its restoration.
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Extroverted Intuition (Ne) / Introverted Sensing (Si)
He is a creative inventor with dozens of beautiful, wondrous toys stored up in the attic—things he created for his own enjoyment, or to keep his sister happy whenever they were locked up there together for days on end. He embraces Edith’s idea of abandoning the house and moving away from its ghosts, but also idealistically, wants to save his sister. He cannot imagine life without Lucille, who has always been “in” his world. Thomas is strangely blind to her evil, and believes she can be saved, that if he gets her away from the place of all their miseries, she can recover and be a different person. It’s an ideal hope, but untrue… and she turns on him to prove it. He often self-references his past, comparing Edith to his previous wives and noticing her “difference,” even though he is vague in doing so since he does not want to reveal the truth. He has continued to live in an old, dilapidated house out of a sense of duty to the sister who refuses to leave. He and his sister perform the same con, over and over again, just in different countries. His only difference is this time he falls in love with his wife!
Enneagram: 9w1 sx/so
Thomas tells Edith whenever he does not like something, he “shuts his eyes to it.” That’s what he’s done with his life – closed his eyes. He meekly merges with his sister, allowing her to dictate and dominate all his decisions. He shuts off access to his empathy and collaborates with her in murder (though he prefers poison to her more brutal methods). He is so wrapped up in his sister’s wants and needs, he doesn’t know what he wants or needs until he latches onto Edith. From there, he starts coming alive and allowing himself to explore what he wants (his wife) rather than just passively allowing others to dictate his decisions. His 1 wing wants to be a better person, but isn’t sure how.